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  • Swedish fake fact-checker page pulled from Facebook

    01/22/2017 10:22:19 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 22 January 2017 14:55 CET+01:00
    A Swedish fake fact-checking page reported on by Britain’s Guardian newspaper has been pulled from Facebook after a string of critical articles. The Mediekollen page, which purported to be a fact-checking website but instead itself pushed propaganda and fake news, was removed from Facebook on Friday afternoon after Viralgranskaren, a fact-checking site run by Sweden’s Metro newspaper, contacted Facebook to complain and wrote an article on the site. “We noticed that after we wrote the article, they wrote an article saying our article was fake,” Viralgranskaren’s Hugo Ewald told The Local. “I then posted some comments under that article, and...
  • German FM warns of 'turbulent times' post Trump

    01/22/2017 10:12:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 22 January 2017 08:45 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Germany’s foreign minister on Sunday predicted turbulent times ahead for the world following Donald Trump’s accession to power in the United States. “With the election of Donald Trump, the world of the 20th century has definitely been overtaken,” Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote in a commentary published in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. Steinmeier, 60, has emerged in recent months as the German government’s most strident detractor of Trump. […] But Steinmeier said he would seek dialogue with the Trump administration and outline “our position, our values and our interests.” …
  • Reality star US ambassador bids final farewell to Denmark [Rufus Gifford]

    01/22/2017 8:59:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 20 January 2017 10:27 CET+01:00 | Justin Cremer
    In with one reality TV star and out with another. As former ‘The Apprentice’ star Donald Trump takes the oath as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, former ‘Jeg er ambassadøren fra Amerika’ star Rufus Gifford will board a plane and leave Denmark. What’s that? You’ve never heard of ‘Jeg er ambassadøren fra Amerika’ or Gifford? Well the Danes sure have. Gifford has been the US ambassador to Denmark since 2013 and was warmly embraced by the locals from the second he arrived in Copenhagen. Part of that is down to his movie star looks and his...
  • French Socialists battle for relevance in Socialist primary

    01/22/2017 8:48:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 22 January 2017 08:22 CET+01:00 | AFP
    France’s Socialists hold the first round of voting in their presidential primary Sunday, with candidates including former prime minister Manuel Valls fighting for relevance as the country veers to the right. […] The odds will be stacked against the victor, with many polls showing the Socialist candidate will be eliminated in the first round of the presidential election on April 23. Current projections suggest the election is shaping up as a three-way battle between conservative ex-premier François Fillon, far-right leader Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, a 39-year-old ex-economy minister who has also served in the governing Socialist government. …
  • German authorities 'lose sight' of three Islamists flagged as threats

    01/20/2017 7:09:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.19.2017 | nm/gsw (Reuters, dpa)
    Authorities in Germany have reportedly lost track of three radical Islamists who have been deemed a security risk. The government is under pressure to prevent a repeat of last month’s deadly attack on a market in Berlin. Burkhard Lischka, a parliamentary spokesman for the Social Democrats, said three of the nearly 550 individuals identified as Islamist threats in Germany could not be found. Speaking after a meeting of the internal affairs committee in Berlin, Lischka held up as a warning the case of Anis Amri, a failed asylum seeker from Tunisia who fell off the authorities’ radar despite long being...
  • Germany’s democracy is in danger, says President

    01/18/2017 3:55:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 18 January 2017 17:35 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Outgoing President Joachim Gauck warned in a talk on Wednesday that his country’s democracy is at risk amid major international shifts, including Donald Trump becoming US President on Friday. Gauck gave a speech to about 200 guests at the presidential residence of Bellevue Palace, looking back at his five years of serving as Germany’s head of state. “Now, after five years, I am more strongly affected by the awareness that democratic and stable Germany is also in danger,” he said. […] Gauck specifically named the crisis in the European Union with the United Kingdom’s impending departure, as well as conflicts...
  • German opposition leader calls for security union with Russia, dissolution of NATO [Die Linke]

    01/17/2017 8:49:06 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 54 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.17.2017 | Lewis Sanders IV
    German opposition leader Sahra Wagenknecht on Tuesday added her voice to calls to dissolve the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in the wake of US President-elect Donald Trump’s controversial remarks concerning the military alliance. “NATO must be dissolved and replaced by a collective security system including Russia,” Wagenknecht told Germany’s “Funke” media group. Wagenknecht, who leads the opposition Left Party in parliament, added that comments made by the future US president “mercilessly reveal the mistakes and failures of the [German] federal government.” …
  • EU Votes To Grant "electronic Personhood" To Cyberdyne T 800s

    01/17/2017 12:10:18 PM PST · by TBP · 36 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | 13 January 2017 | Graeme Burton
    AS EXPECTED, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee voted in favour of extending rights to robots, granting them what the committee called "electronic personhood", by 17 votes to two, with two abstentions. The robot 'bill of rights' is intended to cover such issues as liability, such as when automated or robotic systems are involved in accidents or go postal, as well as ethical issues, such as should it be legal to beat your robot? Socialist worker Mady Delvaux, a Luxembourgois politician and vice-chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs, said that the EU "urgently need(s) to create a robust European...
  • Why women will march en masse in Copenhagen after Trump inauguration

    01/16/2017 10:27:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 16 January 2017 13:35 CET+01:00 | Justin Cremer
    Donald Trump’s inauguration as the 45th president of the United States on Friday should be the biggest show in town; but according to a recent report, it’s likely to be dwarfed in size by the Women’s March on Washington the following day. A DC council member told the local NBC affiliate that the city has issued around three times as many tour bus permits for the march than it has for the Inauguration Day events themselves. […] Not only is Copenhagen no exception, the so-called ‘sister march’ here may draw one of the largest crowds outside of the United States....
  • Defiant EU Nations Ready Themselves for Trump Presidency

    01/16/2017 2:22:34 PM PST · by heterosupremacist · 19 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | 01/16/2017 | n/a
    European Union nations bracing for the looming Donald Trump presidency showed defiance Monday in the face of the president-elect's stinging comments on everything from NATO and German cars to the crumbling of the EU itself. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the U.S. president-elect's view that NATO was obsolete and his criticism that European allied members aren't paying their fair share had "caused astonishment." Trump also said Britain's decision to leave the 28-nation European Union would "end up being a great thing," and he predicted that other countries would also leave. At a meeting of EU ministers, French Foreign Minister...
  • A warning for the losers of the liberal elite

    01/16/2017 10:03:54 AM PST · by Fhios · 14 replies
    FT ^ | 1/15/2017 | Wolfgang Münchau
    "...Brexit is terrible because it deprives young Britons of the right to choose where to live, study and work. It deprives them of a European identity many believed they possessed forever..."
  • EU opposes shift of US Embassy site in Israel

    01/16/2017 10:15:32 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 16, 2017 11:33 AM EST
    European Union foreign ministers on Monday opposed any plan by President-elect Donald Trump to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and warned that it could ratchet up tensions with the Arab world. “It is very important for us all to refrain from unilateral actions, especially those that can have serious consequences in large sectors of public opinion in large parts of the world,” EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters after chairing their talks in Brussels. “We hope that there can be reflection on consequences of any move that is taken,” she said. …
  • Donald Trump slams Angela Merkel's refugee policy

    01/15/2017 10:36:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.15.2017 | aw/kl (dpa, AFP, Reuters)
    US President-elect Donald Trump labeled German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s stance on refugees a “catastrophic mistake.” He said the policy would lead to even more countries leaving the European Union after Britain. President-elect Trump heavily criticized Chancellor Merkel’s open-door policy on refugees in a joint interview published on Sunday with German tabloid newspaper Bild and British newspaper The Times of London.“I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals, you know, taking all of the people from wherever they come from,” he said. “And nobody even knows where they come from. So I think...
  • Teen removed from mother's custody for being 'too effeminate' [Venice, Italy]

    01/15/2017 10:12:47 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.it ^ | 10 January 2017 10:54 CET+01:00
    An Italian court has ruled that a 13-year-old boy be removed from his mother’s custody due to an alleged “personality disorder” linked to having “almost exclusively female role models”. Venice’s Court for Minors said the boy “tries in every way to show that he is different” and described his attitude as “effeminate in a provocative way”, according to local paper Mattino Padova. A social services report said the child from Padua, northern Italy, suffered a “personality disorder” and argued that he has difficulty forming relationships due to dependence on his mother. It also detailed an incident in which the boy...
  • France warns Trump not to recognize Jerusalem as capital

    01/15/2017 9:55:50 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 72 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 15 January 2017 21:06 CET+01:00 | AFP
    France warned on Sunday of “serious consequences” if Donald Trump moves to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as representatives from 70 countries met in Paris to try to revive stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts. Neither Israel nor the Palestinians were represented at the conference, which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed as “futile”. Opening the meeting, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said the international community wanted to “forcefully reiterate that the two-state solution is the only solution possible” to the seven-decade-old conflict. …
  • German paper accuses UK of offshore tax haven threat

    01/15/2017 9:48:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 January 2017 21:55 CET+01:00 | AFP/The Local
    Germany’s Welt Am Sonntag newspaper has accused British finance minister Phillip Hammond of threatening to drastically slash corporation tax to turn the UK into an offshore tax haven if it is not given a trade deal. In an interview with Hammond, headlined “British finance minister threatens EU partners”, the paper quotes Hammond saying that Britain could be forced to change its economic model if negotiations went badly. “The British people are not going to lie down and say, ‘too bad’,” he said, when asked if the UK could slash corporation taxes. “If we have no access to the European market,...
  • Facebook launches battle against 'fake news' in Germany

    01/15/2017 9:43:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 15 January 2017 21:19 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Social media giant Facebook announced on Sunday that it would introduce new measures to combat fake news in Germany, as Europe’s largest economy and most populous nation enters an election year. “It’s important to us that the reports and news posted on Facebook are reliable,” a blog post on the Silicon Valley firm’s German website read. German politicians have warned that populist parties and foreign nations could use fake news to try and influence parliamentary elections slated for September or October. Facebook’s new German initiative targets “unambiguously wrong reports” being shared on the social media platform. …
  • Germany calls on ECB to unwind economic stimulus

    01/15/2017 9:39:20 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 14 January 2017 08:16 CET+01:00 | AFP
    The European Central Bank should begin winding down its expansive monetary policy in 2017 as inflation returns in the eurozone, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said in an interview on Friday. “It would probably be right if the ECB starts daring to head for the exit this year,” Schäuble told the Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper — although he acknowledged it would be a “difficult task”. The ECB has fixed interest rates at record lows in the 19-nation single currency area, as well as offering cheap loans to banks and buying up tens of billions of euros per month of government and...
  • Could French men soon be forced to take paternity leave?

    01/13/2017 10:26:25 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 13 January 2017 17:46 CET+01:00
    A think tank in France has urged the government to force dads to take paternity leave even if they don’t want to. It’s all in the name of equality in the workplace. The economic think-tank OFCE proposed the changes in a report as a solution to ongoing problem of inequality between men and women when it comes to careers. […] Forcing men to take their 11 days of paternity leave would reduce the impact on a woman’s career from taking a long maternity leave, the report said, as well as encouraging men to do more household and child-rearing work. …
  • Vulnerable people are being 'radicalized in refugee centers' [Eurabia]

    01/13/2017 10:19:46 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 January 2017 10:37 CET+01:00 | [Central European News]
    An undercover reporter who visited 35 asylum centers throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland says security is so bad that they risk fomenting terrorism as radicals can easily infiltrate them and convert vulnerable people to their cause. Investigative reporter and terrorism expert Shams Ul-Haq, 41, was only 15 years old and unable to speak a word of German when he came to Germany from Pakistan, much like many refugees nowadays. He warns that the registration of asylum seekers and conditions found at shelters are so bad, that they could easily lead to dangerous situations across Europe. […] Ul-Haq explained that some...
  • Most Germans don't think racial profiling is a problem: poll

    01/13/2017 10:12:51 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 13 January 2017 16:46 CET+01:00 | Julius Haswell
    A YouGov poll released on Thursday found that the majority of Germans said racial profiling was not problematic, amid criticism of police checks on New Year’s Eve in Cologne. Sixty-three percent of Germans in the YouGov poll said they did not find racial profiling generally problematic. Another 27 percent said that it was problematic when police checks are not conducted based on concrete suspicions, but rather on general appearances, including perceived ethnicity or skin color. However, the poll also exposed disparity between age groups, with 46 percent of 18 to 29-year-olds saying they thought racial profiling wasn’t problematic, compared with...
  • Germany urges EU to grill Italy over Fiat Chrysler emissions

    01/13/2017 9:40:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 13, 2017 8:29 AM EST
    Germany wants the European Union’s executive branch to question Italy over software that regulates emissions in Fiat Chrysler diesel cars. A Transport Ministry spokeswoman says German authorities believe the software constitutes an unauthorized “defeat device.” […] Transport Ministry spokeswoman Svenja Friedrich noted that Fiat Chrysler had refused to meet German authorities, and Italy had canceled a “mediation” meeting with the European Commission scheduled for the end of the month. …
  • MEPs want ‘free cash’ to address job-killer robots threat [EU]

    01/12/2017 7:40:44 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 01/12/2017 10:28 (updated: 12:09) | Jorge Valero
    EU legislators today (12 January) called for a universal basic income to combat the looming risk of job loss by the onward march of robots, as well as concerns about European welfare systems. Technological progress is no longer seen as safe path toward prosperity. A new generation of robots and the development of artificial intelligence may improve how we manufacture goods or how we spend our leisure time. But this new wave of intelligent gadgets and autonomous robots could also destroy thousands of jobs without creating new ones in the same proportion, warned a non-legislative report adopted by the European...
  • UK to stay under EU law in post-Brexit phase, Malta says

    01/12/2017 7:32:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    EU Observer ^ | 12 Jan 2017, 17:30 | Eric Maurice
    With the British government still trying to define its Brexit strategy, the Maltese EU presidency has warned that the UK will remain under EU law even after a deal is reached. Speaking to journalists in Valletta on Thursday (12 January), Maltese prime minister Joseph Muscat said that during the transition period between a Brexit deal and a another agreement to establish new relations, “the governing institutions should be the European institutions”. He said that, for instance, Britain would still be under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) even after it had left the EU. Leaving ECJ jurisdiction...
  • Germany's Merkel calls for 'cross-border cooperation' on EU security

    01/12/2017 5:32:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.12.2017 | ls/sms (dpa, Reuters, AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday urged EU nations to work together to improve security across the bloc by increasing the exchange of data and creating a register of people entering and leaving the Schengen area, a European visa-free travel zone. “Everyone sees the urgency and everyone knows that if we do not succeed, each country will introduce its own border controls and free movement won’t be possible,” Merkel told a joint press conference with Luxembourg’s prime minister, Xavier Bettel. “It makes me optimistic that a lot of countries have sadly had the experience that terrorism is a big challenge...
  • Merkel: No 'eternal guarantee' for United States cooperation with EU

    01/12/2017 5:06:53 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.12.2017 | rs/kl (AFP, Reuters)
    As concern grows in Europe about US President-elect Donald Trump’s commitment to transatlantic cooperation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for the European Union to ”take more responsibility” on the world stage during a speech on Thursday in Brussels. “From the point of view of some of our traditional partners — and I am thinking here as well about the transatlantic relations — there is no eternal guarantee for a close cooperation with us Europeans,” Merkel told an audience in Brussels after receiving honorary doctorate degrees from Belgium’s prestigious Leuven and Ghent universities. […] “We should see this decision as an...
  • “Tell them I’m coming” — President Obama planning Ireland visit

    01/11/2017 11:43:38 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Irish Central ^ | January 09, 2017 04:47 AM | Sheila Langan
    In his final official call with the outgoing US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley, President Obama said he’d be visiting Ireland again soon. “The lasts sentence that the president said to me on Wednesday of this week when we were saying goodbye was ‘please tell ‘em I’m coming’,” Ambassador O’Malley told Marian Finucane in an interview on RTE Radio. “So I think that’s the President’s way of saying informally that you’ll probably see him again.” As for a time frame, O’Malley predicted “my guess is in the coming year or so.” …
  • Top Government Advisor: ‘Not OK’ for Catholic Schools to Oppose Gay Marriage [UK]

    01/10/2017 7:31:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/10/17 | Nick Hallet
    Catholic schools in Britain must not be allowed to be “homophobic” and oppose gay marriage, the government’s top advisor on community integration has said. Speaking to MPs on Monday, Dame Louise Casey hit out at “religious conservativism”, which she called “anti-equalities”, likening conservative Christianity to extreme Islam. In a discussion on her recent report – in which she highlighted the great social divisions between different immigrant religious groups within British society – Dame Louise said that just it was not acceptable for Muslim schools to segregate boys and girls, it was also not acceptable for Catholic schools to be “homophobic”....
  • Germany Green Party pledges to pay for free sex with prostitutes for anyone who needs...

    01/09/2017 10:34:57 PM PST · by aquila48 · 27 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9 January 2017 | ALLAN HALL
    Sex with prostitutes will be paid for by the Government for anyone too poor for a hooker and deemed to need sexual assistance under German Green Party plans. The party's care spokeswoman Elisabeth Scharfenberg says doctors should have the right to issue the free prescriptions to their patients for ladies of the night. Prostitution is legal in Germany and carries little of the taboos associated with it in many other countries. There are brothels in virtually every town and a trend recently began with working girls offering 'sexual assistance' to dementia sufferers, the handicapped and people living in care homes....
  • German minister accuses Social Democrats of failing to cooperate over security

    01/09/2017 8:18:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 01.08.2017 | Kate Brady
    German Interior Minister and Christian Democrat Thomas de Maizière has accused the CDU’s Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners of failing to cooperate when it comes to security and terrorism. In an interview with German weekly Bild am Sonntag, de Maizière said he was not sure whether “everyone in the SPD is ready to take tough measures.” “We could be much farther ahead,” de Maziere added. “Especially regarding the concrete improvement of deportation possibilities.” SPD General Secretary Katarina Barley, however, said de Maizière’s criticism of her party was only to “distract from his own failures.” She added that the interior minister...
  • Why 5,000 Jews emigrated from France to Israel last year

    01/09/2017 7:31:09 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    TheLocal.fr ^ | 9 January 2017 17:24 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Another 5,000 French Jews emigrated to Israel last year, figures showed Monday, continuing a trend that has seen tens of thousands quit the country after a series of attacks targeting the community. The Jewish Agency of Israel issued the update as France marked two years since attacks on the Charlie Hebdo magazine offices and on a Jewish supermarket in Paris, where four shoppers were shot dead. Daniel Benhaim, who heads the Israeli-backed group in France, said that insecurity had been a “catalyst” for many Jews who were already thinking of leaving. The 5,000 departures in 2016 add to the record...
  • Germany's Islamist scene growing: security chief

    01/09/2017 7:15:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 9 January 2017 09:48 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Germany’s domestic security chief warned on Sunday that the country’s radical Islamist scene is not only growing, but becoming more decentralized, posing greater challenges to surveillance operations. In an interview with national news agency DPA, Hans-Georg Maaßen also defended security officials under fire after it emerged that Berlin truck attack suspect Anis Amri had slipped through their net, saying they had done everything they could. Overall, the number of Salafists — or fundamentalist Sunni Muslims — in Germany has risen to more than 9,700, sharply up from 3,800 people in 2011, said Maaßen. “It’s of great concern to us that...
  • UK's May says inequality drives voters to extremist 'fringe'

    01/09/2017 7:22:43 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 9, 2017 9:01 AM EST
    British Prime Minister Theresa May says mainstream politicians must address the insecurity and inequality spawned by globalization or see voters turn to “fringe” voices on the left and right. May says the “politics of division and despair” is spreading across Europe because centrist politicians have failed to ensure that the benefits of free markets are distributed widely. …
  • UK's May vows to seek ambitious EU deal and work with Trump

    01/08/2017 5:40:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 8, 2017 2:26 PM EST | Jill Lawless
    Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she will announce details of Britain’s European Union exit plans in the next few weeks, and denied a former diplomat’s claim that the government is “muddled” about Brexit. In her first interview of 2017, May also said Donald Trump had made “unacceptable” comments about women — but stressed she’s had “good” conversations with the U.S. president-elect about the vital trans-Atlantic relationship. May has said for months that she will invoke Article 50 of the EU’s key treaty, triggering two years of EU exit talks, by March 31. But she has refused to reveal details...
  • Shhh! Six Months After Brexit Vote, UK 'Has World's Top Economy'

    01/07/2017 2:44:16 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | January 7, 2017 | 8:46 AM EST | Tom Blumer
    In June, when UK voters decided to leave the European Union in the “Brexit” referendum, the U.S. press told the American people that the UK economy would suffer greatly as a result. Moody’s economist and max Hillary Clinton contributor Mark Zandi predicted that it would be “going down the rabbit hole.” At CBS News, Mellody Hobson said that “they’re acting as if a recession is a foregone conclusion.” It’s one thing to predict a disaster that doesn’t happen. It’s quite another to predict bad news and have things turn out pretty darned well, which is thus far what has occurred....
  • Muhammad and Freya top new baby names on Irish passports in 2016

    01/06/2017 1:32:32 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Irish Central ^ | January 03, 2017 08:00 AM | Irish Central Staff
    Muhammad and Freya are among the most popular first time baby names on Irish passports in 2016, the Irish government has revealed. The rise in Arabic names is a reflection of the increasing multicultural nature of Ireland and where new immigrants are coming from. The 2011 census showed 50,000 Muslim migrants living in Ireland, up from 36,000 in the census taken in 2006. Freya means “beloved” in Arabic, while Muhammad means “praiseworthy” and is also, of course, the name of Islam's founder. They ranked at numbers 42 and 117, respectively. …
  • German state leaders rip into Berlin's plan to centralize security powers

    01/04/2017 2:17:31 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 4 January 2017 16:38 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    After the German Interior Minister put forth a bold plan on Tuesday to centralize the country’s security apparatus, conservative leaders at the state level have hit back. Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer on Wednesday categorically rejected Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière’s plan to increase federal powers in domestic security. Germany’s domestic intelligence services are currently decentralized, divided between the federal government and the 16 individual state governments. But de Maizière wants to move the states’ powers to Berlin under the federal BfV intelligence service. […] Hesse interior minister Peter Beuth, CDU, called the reform plans “nonsense” and said such swift moves...
  • EU drone spying on Jewish towns crashes near Mt. Hevron

    01/02/2017 12:19:50 PM PST · by JOHN ADAMS · 15 replies
    Israel National News ^ | January 2, 2017 | Gary Willig
    A drone with a video camera which crashed in a wooded area on Mount Hevron revealed a European Union (EU) espionage operation intended to spy on and gather intelligence about Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. The footage from the drone was retrieved after it crashed in view of residents of the town of Ma'on in Judea, Channel 2 reported. The footage shows the drone flying low over residents before crashing next to a car. It was then retrieved by the residents.
  • Sweden rejects less than a quarter of asylum seekers

    01/01/2017 9:06:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 1 January 2017 14:17 CET+01:00 | TT/The Local
    Sweden’s Migration Agency accepted 77 percent of the record 112,000 asylum claims it processed in 2016, it has revealed in its end of year figures. The agency processed twice as many decisions in 2016 as it did in 2015, putting on track to clear the backlog built up during Europe’s refugee crisis. Some 17,000 asylum seekers were registered as refugees, 47,000 were given a permit due to “alternative needs of protection”, and 5,880 withdrew their applications. “We’re handling it,” the agency’s General Director Mikael Ribbenvik told Sweden’s TT newswire after issuing the figures in a press statement. “In the autumn...
  • Swedish police brave rockets, grenade and axeman on NYE

    01/01/2017 8:43:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    TheLocal.se ^ | 1 January 2017 11:59 CET+01:00 | TT/The Local
    Swedish police faced a hand grenade attack, youths firing rockets and throwing powerful bangers at them, and an axe attacker in an unusually busy New Year’s Eve. […] In Western Sweden alone, there were more than 50 cases of youth shooting rockets at police, the rescue services, or public transport. At close to the strike of midnight, a suspected hand grenade was thrown at a police station in Katrineholm, 150 km southwest of Stockholm, shattering the station’s entry door and window, and damaging four cars parked outside. At around 5.30am, Malmö police shot a 28-year-old man wielding an axe and...
  • Merkel urges Germans to meet terror with freedom and openness

    01/01/2017 8:23:29 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 31 December 2016 07:42 CET+01:00
    Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans on Saturday to hold firm to democratic values in the face of jihadist terror, urging them to counter “murderers who are full of hate” with compassion and cohesion. In her New Year’s address delivered less than two weeks after a Tunisian suspect rammed a truck into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people, Merkel acknowledged it was “bitter and sickening” that the attack and others in July were carried out by asylum seekers. Nevertheless, she defended her decision in September 2015 to let in tens of thousands fleeing war from mostly Arab...
  • Merkel tells Germans their country is stronger than terror

    12/30/2016 3:37:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2016 6:01 PM EST | Geir Moulson
    Chancellor Angela Merkel is telling Germans in her New Year message that their country is stronger than terrorism and the government will do everything to ensure “security in freedom.” Merkel said in her annual televised address being broadcast Saturday that 2016 had been “a year of severe tests,” the toughest of them Islamic extremist terror. She added, however, that she is “confident for Germany.” On Dec. 19, 12 people were killed in a truck attack on a Berlin Christmas market. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that rampage, as it did for two attacks in Bavaria in the summer...
  • Merkel: Islamist terror is 'greatest threat' to Germany

    12/30/2016 9:29:57 PM PST · by Innovative · 79 replies
    BBC News ^ | Dec. 30, 2016 | BBC News
    Islamist terrorism is the biggest challenge facing Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said in her New Year message. Referring to the deadly truck attack in Berlin by a Tunisian asylum seeker, she said it was "sickening" when acts of terror were carried out by people who had sought protection. She said 2016 had been a year of "severe tests". But she also said she was confident Germany could overcome them. "As we go about our lives and our work, we are saying to the terrorists: 'You are hate-filled murderers, but you do not determine how we live and want to...
  • New files show Kissinger, Gorbachev upset by Thatcher's fall

    12/30/2016 7:02:49 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 30, 2016 9:08 AM EST
    Newly released British government files show that leaders and top diplomats were taken by surprise and deeply upset by former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s fall from power in November 1990. One of the first responses to Thatcher’s removal as Conservative Party leader and prime minister came from former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who said in a note to Thatcher it was “worse than a death in the family.” […] Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev wrote an affectionate note that for the first time referred to the iron-willed Thatcher as “Margaret.” …
  • France raises 'terror tax' to support victims of attacks

    12/29/2016 11:03:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2016 10:08 AM EST
    French citizens will contribute an extra €1.60 ($1.67) on their property insurance policies to help finance a fund for victims of the extremist attacks that have recently hit the country. The measure comes into force on Sunday and requires policy holders to contribute €5.90 instead of €4.30. French government officials said in October when they revealed the scheme that about 90 million insurance policies are floating the fund, which currently has reserves of €1.45 billion. …
  • EU stands by 2-state solution for Palestinian-Israel peace

    12/29/2016 9:25:42 AM PST · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    ap.org ^ | 12/28/16 | ap
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has joined the outgoing U.S. administration in defending the two-state solution as the best way to achieve lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians. A spokeswoman for the 28-nation bloc reiterated the EU's support for the two-state solution on Thursday, the day after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry tore into Israel for settlement-building.
  • 'Paris conference to force Israel into Auschwitz borders'

    12/28/2016 6:31:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    INN ^ | 12/28/16 16:04 | Benny Toker
    French MP Meir Habib called his country’s hosting a Paris “peace conference” next month to which neither Israel nor the Palestinian Authority were invited to be a “disgrace.” “This conference is a disgrace. It isn’t a peace conference. It’s an international disgrace. President Obama failed a thousand percent in everything he did in the Middle East. He left 400,000 people to die in Syria, and all of their murderers will go free. Now a few days before the end of his term, he wants to go to this conference to force Israel back to the ’67 borders, the ‘Auschwitz borders,’”...
  • Growing number of kids in Denmark change their gender

    12/28/2016 11:04:45 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    TheLocal.dk ^ | 28 December 2016 10:38 CET+01:00
    More than twice as many minors as expected have expressed a desire to change their gender this year. Since January, the Sexology Clinic in Copenhagen has offered hormone treatment to minors who feel like they were born in the wrong body. […] In Denmark, children as young as 12 can receive hormone suppressors, also known as puberty blockers, to stunt the growth of sexual organs and suppress developments like facial hair for boys and menstruation for girls. The effects of the blockers are reversible. Once minors reach the age of 16, they can receive full hormone treatment that is largely...
  • German architect of Euro currency dies aged 85

    12/28/2016 10:28:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 28 December 2016 16:55 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Former Bundesbank president Hans Tietmeyer, a key architect of the euro who oversaw its introduction in Germany, has died at the age of 85, the central bank announced Wednesday. Tietmeyer ran the mighty Bundesbank from 1993 to 1999, a period that straddled the aftermath of German reunification as well as the launch of the single European currency and the creation of the European Central Bank. […] A fierce defender of the independence of central banks, Tietmeyer was credited with ensuring that the same principle was enshrined in the statutes of the ECB, which was modeled in large part on the...
  • EU Chief: Borders Must Stay Open Despite Deadly Terror Attacks

    12/27/2016 10:04:36 AM PST · by Mr. Mojo · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Dec. 24, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    The best way to fight terror is with “openness”, European Union (EU) head Jean-Claude Juncker has said, stressing that Europe must continue to receive migrants in the wake of the deadly truck attack in Berlin. Speaking to Funke Mediengruppe on Saturday, the president of the European Commission warned that the “rhetoric of exclusion” strengthens terrorists, and called for more EU involvement in nations’ internal security. Standing firm on the idea that liberalism is the best response to repeated attacks on Europeans, the EU chief said: “Our values, our way of living together in freedom, coexistence, and openness are the best...